Category Archives: International Style

771 San Diego, Berkeley

It has been a little over three years since Donald Olsen passed away, but the impact that he had on the architecture of the Bay Area is still palpable. Olsen cut his own path at a time when modernism in … Continue reading

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7756 Hillmont, Oakland

Good international style homes are not especially common in Eastmont Hills, so this one is a real treat. The façade is a straightforward rectilinear box of glass floating over the carport. Inside, some of the original contrasting textures have been … Continue reading

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143 Calvert, Oakland

Edward Killingsworth was a Southern California architect perhaps best known for his Case Study Houses. There are very few of his homes up here in the North, so it is nice to see this thoughtful International Style on the edge … Continue reading

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115 Pershing, Oakland

This showy international style residence is another of Donald Olsen’s trademark modernist gems. It has seen a bit of recent updating, but the spirit of the home is definitely still intact and the high contrast paint scheme serves to highlight … Continue reading

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256 The Uplands, Berkeley

This exceptional international style residence is one of the most creative of the local homes designed by Donald Olsen. The unusual site and large trees forced Olsen out of his normal “box” and the result is two distinct pavilions linked … Continue reading

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1494 Solano, Albany

We don’t often feature multi-unit properties here, but this boxy international style building in Albany was too intriguing to pass up. Its flat façade of alternating masonry and glass seems to float above the ground creating an unusually striking impression … Continue reading

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735 Cragmont, Berkeley

This impressive modernist residence is the work of Don Olsen who was one of the few Bay Area designers to embrace the international style that was much more prevalent in other parts of the country. His homes stand out here … Continue reading

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